Gary Busey Net Worth

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Gary Busey Net Worth:
$500 Thousand

Gary Busey net worth and salary: Gary Busey is an American film and stage actor who has a net worth of $500 thousand. Gary Busey built his net worth from acting in well-known films like The Buddy Holly Story, The Firm, Lost Highway, Point Break and Black Sheep. He has also appeared on several television shows including Gunsmoke, Walker, Texas Ranger, Law & Order, and Entourage, and is also known for being a wild card on reality shows like Celebrity Apprentice (which he has appeared in twice, both in Season 4 and Season 6) and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

Early Life: William Gary Busey was born on born June 29, 1944, in Goose Creek, Texas. He is the son of Sadie, a homemaker, and Delmer Busey, a construction design manager. When he was in the fourth grade, his family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Bell Junior High School and Nathan Hale High School. He enrolled at Coffeyville Community College and then transferred to Pittsburg State University in Kansas on a football scholarship. It was at this time he became interested in acting. He transferred to Oklahoma State University and dropped out just one class short of graduation.

Career: Busey first started working as an entertainer when he was a drummer in The Rubber Band. While working with the band, he performed on several Leon Russell recordings. He continued to play music until the 70's when he started appearing in movies.

In 1974, he made his major film debut as a supporting role in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges. In 1978, he starred as rock legend Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story and for his performance, Busey received the greatest acclaim of his career when he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and the National Society of Film Critics' Best Actor award. In the 80s he continued to appear in film and television with some frequency including the critically acclaimed western Barbarosa, the comedies D.C. Cab and Insignificance, and the Stephen King adaptation Silver Bullet. He played one of the primary antagonists opposite Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the action-comedy Lethal Weapon.

In the 1990s, he had prominent supporting roles in successful action films such as Predator 2, Point Break and Under Siege. He also appeared in Rookie of the Year, The Firm, Black Sheep, Lost Highway, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

In 2002, Busey voiced the character, Phil Cassidy, in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and in reprised his role in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories in 2006. In 2003, Busey starred in a Comedy Central reality show, I'm with Busey. In 2005, he also voiced himself in an episode of The Simpsons and appeared in the popular miniseries Into the West. Busey controversially appeared in the 2006 Turkish nationalist film Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, (Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak, in Turkish), which was accused of fascism, anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism. In 2007, he appeared as himself in a prominent recurring role on HBO's Entourage, in which he parodied his eccentric image, ultimately appearing on three episodes of the show. In 2008, he joined the second season of the reality show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Busey returned to reality television in Celebrity Apprentice 4, which premiered in March 2011, and appeared again in Celebrity Apprentice 6. There, he briefly reprised his role as Buddy Holly by performing "Not Fade Away." In a series of 2010 YouTube advertisements for Vitamin Water, Busey appeared as Norman Tugwater, a lawyer who defends professional athletes' entitlements to a cut from Fantasy Football team owners.

In 2014, he became a celebrity spokesperson for Amazon Fire TV. That August, he appeared in and became the first American winner of the 14th season of the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother. In 2015, he competed on the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars. He was paired with professional dancer Anna Trebunskaya. Busey and Trebunskaya made it to Week 4 of competition but were then eliminated and finished in 10th place.

On June 17, 2019, he was announced to star as God in the Off-Broadway musical Only Human at the Theatre at St. Clements in New York.

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Money Issues: Sadly, the actor has recently fallen on difficult financial times. On February 6th 2012, Gary Busey filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in California claiming to be more than $500,000 in debt. In the filings, Busey states that he has less than $50,000 in real assets and roughly $500,000 – $1 million in debt to various parties including the IRS, Wells Fargo, UCLA Medical Center, and others.

Personal Life: Busey has one son, William Jacob "Jake" Busey who was born in 1971 to his then-wife, Judy Helkenberg. Busey and Helkenberg divorced when Jake was 19 years old. Jake Busey is also a successful actor.

Busey has a daughter named Alectra from a previous relationship and another son, Luke Sampson Busey (born in 2010) with his girlfriend, Steffanie Sampson.

Busey was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in 1988. He was not wearing a helmet.His skull was fractured and doctors feared he suffered permanent brain damage. During the filming of the second season of Celebrity Rehab in 2008, Busey was referred to psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy. Sophy suspected that Busey's brain injury has had a greater effect on him than realized. He described it as essentially weakening his mental "filters" and causing him to speak and act impulsively.

In 1997, Busey underwent successful surgery to remove a cancerous, plum-sized tumor from his sinus cavity. The growth was found after Busey began suffering nose bleeds.

Real Estate: Gary Busey has had a longtime home in Malibu, California. He can often be seen out and about grocery shopping and going about his business in Malibu.

Gary Busey Net Worth

Gary Busey

Net Worth:$500 Thousand
Date of Birth:Jun 29, 1944 (76 years old)
Gender:Male
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.82 m)
Profession:Actor, Musician, Voice Actor
Nationality:United States of America
Last Updated:2020
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